TULSA, OK -- Two ace mechanics were honored Friday in Tulsa for their high-flying careers.
Leonard Hoosier and Bill Denton were recognized for each spending 50 years keeping planes in the air.
Both started their careers in the Air Force and spent decades with American Airlines, which they say was no small feat.
"It was tough because in the aviation field, you're constantly being laid off and rehired, laid off and rehired," said Leonard Hoosier. "I stayed with it and just, I loved it, and it was just kinda in, like Paul said, it was in my blood."
The Charles Taylor "Master Mechanic" Award is named after the mechanic who worked with the Wright Brothers on their first flight.